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When Will Iranair Retire Its 747's?

Fri May 26, 2006 3:50 pm

Naturally if they could they would replace them now. But wandering how long they can keep them flying they must be approaching 30 years now. Surely at some point they have to stop flying them?

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Any fleet renewal programmes?
 
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RE: When Will Iranair Retire Its 747's?

Fri May 26, 2006 3:54 pm

Iranair will retire it's ageing aircraft when Iran and the US stop arguing and settle down to some nice, normal trading. Unless something drastic happens.

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RE: When Will Iranair Retire Its 747's?

Fri May 26, 2006 5:47 pm

Well cant see that happening anytime soon. Can the 747's be replaced with more recent 200's that may be available on the market?

At some point the current ones have to stop right or are they as good as long as they are maintained well?
 
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RE: When Will Iranair Retire Its 747's?

Fri May 26, 2006 6:15 pm

Quoting Curious (Reply 2):
At some point the current ones have to stop right or are they as good as long as they are maintained well?

Not sure what the finite life of a 747 airframe is, maybe one of the Boeing afficionados could tell us?

However, I do agree, they cannot continue for ever, and I would suspect the maintenance isn't quite what it should be.

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RE: When Will Iranair Retire Its 747's?

Sat May 27, 2006 3:54 am

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 3):
and I would suspect the maintenance isn't quite what it should be.

Iran Air's maintenance is supposed to be exellent. Most of the 747 fleet has however already been grounded because they are just too high time. Only a few of them are still flying.
 
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RE: When Will Iranair Retire Its 747's?

Sat May 27, 2006 4:04 am

Quoting YAK42 (Reply 5):
Most of the 747 fleet has however already been grounded because they are just too high time.

No, they have been grounded because of no parts avaliable. Their parts have been used to keep the remaining IranAir B-747-100/-200s, and one B-747SP flying. I also believe the IIAF only has one KC-747-100 still flying. The IIAF bought 12 KC-747s, one crashed in a T-Storm, that left 11 airframes.
 
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RE: When Will Iranair Retire Its 747's?

Sat May 27, 2006 4:46 am

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 5):
No, they have been grounded because of no parts avaliable. Their parts have been used to keep the remaining IranAir B-747-100/-200s, and one B-747SP flying.

I understood that they had the parts they needed manufactered for them specially in China or sourced them used and that the ones grounded were the ones with the highest hours/cycles.
 
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RE: When Will Iranair Retire Its 747's?

Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:32 pm

For what it's worth...

I understand their one remaining SP still has quite a few hours before it will be due for a D-check... Should be on the order of a couple or three years yet at its current rate of utilization... Then, once it's due for the D, it will likely be WFU. I suppose it's possible it will be withdrawn before that if they get a suitable aircraft to replace it... EP-IAD first flew in 1979.

Interesting aside... Boeing managed to get that plane delivered despite rapidly deteriorating relations with Iran... They delivered it in July of 1979, after the Shah had been overthrown in January of that year. The plane was ferried from Everett in bare metal, and I think went to FRA. It was then delivered to a third party, who in turn delivered it to Iran Air. Boeing was very anxious the sale would get shot down and they would get caught holding the bag, so the delivery was somewhat cloak and dagger. The plane flew for several months without any Iran Air logos on it... Just all white. The embassy was overrun in November, and that was that.
 
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RE: When Will Iranair Retire Its 747's?

Fri Jun 02, 2006 6:44 am

Consider that Iran still has some 707's flying, and you'll understand that the 747's might be around for a VERY long time...
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RE: When Will Iranair Retire Its 747's?

Fri Jun 02, 2006 4:33 pm

Their is only one 707 with Saha and one VIP 707 flying

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